September 19, 2016 |
If suspense was what the crowd was after Saturday night, Rob King, Justin Gies, and Jeremy Smith ruined the night early. The trio from Father Judge helped the Crusaders jump on rival Archbishop Ryan early en route to a 48-27, Catholic League victory in the grudge match at Northeast High. "That was the mind-set from the first play," said Smith, who transferred to Judge from Ryan this year. "We just had to come out fast and keep our foot on the gas. " The Crusaders (3-1) scored on their first five possessions, which included two touchdown receptions apiece for Gies and Smith, all thrown by King.
September 15, 2016 |
A highly anticipated game between two of the most talented teams in the Public League, Northeast and Imhotep, was postponed last week because of excessive heat and now might not be played at all. While several other postponed games were rescheduled for Monday, Imhotep was closed for a Muslim holiday. Mastery North was among other schools closed in observance of the same holiday. A playoff game between Imhotep and Northeast won't occur, either, because Imhotep was reclassified as Class 4A this year, up from 3A last season, and Northeast is now 5A, up from 4A last year.
September 12, 2016 |
Face flushed crimson, maroon towel draped and dripping over his head, Archbishop Ryan junior Mike Minniti sat on the bench with bags of ice under each armpit, simultaneously illustrating his impressive efforts and Saturday afternoon's unrelenting heat. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Swiss Army knife of a player did a bit of everything to help the Raiders rough up visiting Lansdale Catholic, 35-0, at Bensalem High. The game, originally scheduled for 1 p.m. at George Washington, was moved to 10 a.m. at Bensalem after the Office of Catholic Education asked the 17 archdiocesan high schools not to play between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday because of excessive-heat warnings.
September 9, 2016 |
When Ryan Haney was in seventh grade, he would grab his cleats and two soccer balls and walk from his house to the Archbishop Ryan soccer field. It took roughly 10 minutes for him to get from Knights Road and Chalfont Drive to his destination, a meticulously manicured patch of grass situated behind the school at the top of a hill. Back then, there was no fence surrounding the lines, and the lights hadn't been put up. It wasn't yet named after legendary coach George Todt. Those things would all come later.
August 26, 2016 |
WEST CHESTER'S football team opens its season Sept. 3 at Bentley (Waltham, Mass.). The Golden Rams, who went 7-4 last season, have been picked to repeat as East Division champs in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Which means this should be an exciting time, as they get ready to embark on a journey that could bring them more good things. Instead, it has turned into a painfully conflicted time for a group of college student-athletes who suddenly have to deal with a tragedy that seems totally incomprehensible.
August 25, 2016 |
Downingtown East coach Mike Matta lost a number of key offensive starters to graduation, including a pair of Division I recruits, a 1,000-yard rusher and a savvy quarterback. But a stalwart defensive line, possibly the best since the program started in 2003, has Matta optimistic about continued success for the Cougars. "We're big up front. We have guys who are really quick off the ball, and there's a good amount of experience there," he said. Coaches realize that defensive line play is often the difference between winning and losing.
August 25, 2016
Kickers to watch Barney Amor , Central Bucks East, Sr. - He nailed a 46-yard field goal last season. Massimo Biscardi , Downingtown West, Jr. - He has terrific leg strength. Connor Bowler , Downingtown West, Sr. - He regularly booms punts. Vince Capone , Germantown Academy, Sr. - He also shines on the diamond. Brandon Chiazza , Malvern Prep, Sr. - He is primed for a big season. Matt Mauer , Pennridge, Sr. - He was a first-team all-league performer.
June 19, 2016 |
You can judge Maggie Balint by the speed of her fastball. You can judge the senior by the way her rise fools batters into swinging when it is out of the zone. You can judge her by the number of strikeouts and wins she has accumulated over the years. It's all impressive, stunning actually. But all of that is just part of the picture, a fraction as to why the righthanded Oregon recruit is the Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania softball player of the year for the third consecutive season.
June 8, 2016 |
Pitcher Maggie Balint thought that a coin flip would decide who was the home team for Avon Grove's first-round contest Monday in the PIAA Class 4A state softball tournament. But then the co-captain found out the Red Devils would be the away team against Archbishop Ryan - with no coin toss - for the first time in three weeks. It was no big deal for Balint, an Oregon recruit who said she likes hitting in the top of the inning because she enjoys getting a run right away. And Avon Grove got the jump on Ryan from the start in the game at Arcadia University.
May 27, 2016 |
Kate Ostaszewski yelled, "Dive. " So Vicki Black did. Black, the centerfielder for the Archbishop Ryan softball team, came charging in on a line drive in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday at Arcadia University. With runners at the corners, Cardinal O'Hara was looking to tie the score in the Catholic League softball title game. That's when she heard Ostaszewski, who wasn't too far away, from left field. The senior didn't hesitate. "I knew it was a straight line drive," Black said.